Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Things on Tuesday

I have so many random things to blog about, there's no way I could make them flow into a traditionally written post. Thus, the bulleted list.

--I am trying to transition Isabelle out of my bed and into her crib. She has slept in my bed since she was born, and it worked out well for me as a breastfeeding mom. But I'd like to wean her now, and I'd like her to sleep on her own, and I'd like a bed free from little feet in my face. So far, it is going TERRIBLY. Like, worse than any other account I've ever heard. We're only a few days in, and day one she cried for two solid hours, day two she cried for three solid hours, and some days she just didn't want to nap, period. THREE HOURS, my friends. As soon as I leave her in her crib, she stands up and cries and screams constantly. She's temporarily consoled when I go back in, lay her back down and pat her for a few moments, but the crying resumes immediately when I leave again. Yikes. If y'all have any getting baby to sleep words of wisdom, by all means, SEND THEM MY WAY. Unfortunately, since Isabelle is one, I feel like a lot of the advice targeted to BABIES doesn't really apply to her.
 I'm only smiling because I'm in here for a photo op, 
and you're not trying to force me to sleep.

--Not many people have commented on the Paper Coterie Giveaway. What's up with that?! You get a $40 gift code to use however you'd like, which makes it a totally awesome giveaway. Go comment on that post. There are going to be TEN winners, and one just might be you!

--The winner of the Lysol giveaway and the Carmex giveaway was Tracy at Life With Landon. Clearly, the random number generator really liked her this week.

--I truly appreciate all the prayers and kind words y'all have sent my way. I really, truly appreciate and am thankful for each and every one of you.
As for my marriage, we are attending marriage counseling with a strong Christian marriage and family therapist, attending a Sunday school class specifically for married couples, and praying to God to transform both of us, and our marriage, into what He wants it to be.

--I've been re-reading The Search For Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes, and am reminded how amazing of a book it is.

I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. It's not a story, but rather a non-fiction and very biblically-based book that clearly deals with feelings of inadequacy, shame, and self-doubt and reassures you that you are significant and fully loved and accepted in God's eyes. Do yourself a favor and order a copy. For reals.

--I have been a serious Starbucks junkie lately. We're talking daily trips for my beloved iced coffees. 24 delicious ounces of iced coffee, half and half, and sugar-free vanilla goodness. YES please. (the half and half is what takes it from ehhhhh to AMAZING. Stop being scared of all the fat and give it a try!)

--It is currently 75 degress outsides and I am LOVING it. Normally, I'm a summertime girl through and through, but those unending days of 112 degrees were a killer. Bring on the fall!

I hope y'all are having a terrific Tuesday. Kiss your kiddos, hug your spouse a little harder, and give a stranger a random compliment today. It'll brighten your day, I promise.

linked to http://womenlivingwell.org/, which I highly recommend you go read!


  1. I've missed your posts! Hope you are healing from all of the turmoil and I hope whatever will be will make you happy. I also hope to hear from you more around here again! Love your blog and your girls!

  2. I'm still co-sleeping with my seven month old, so I don't have any real-life advice on the sleeping sitch.. but I did read this article about the effects of the cry it out method and it really is an eye-opener to the actual scientific and lasting effects. I know everyone kind of has a different philosophy on these things, but I thought it would throw it out there for you to read.


  3. Yea for a post! I missed your blog!! :)
    Glad things are going in the right direction with you and the hubby. I'm keeping you in my thoughts.
    Aaaaaand the only thing I can think of that's worse than a one year old sleeping in your bed is a six year old. When Clayton got back from Guam last year, we had to re-break Aubrey from sleeping with someone. (She hadn't slept in her own bed at her mom's for THREE months.) It was the most miserable thing I have ever experienced. At least Isabelle HAS to stay in her bed crying or no. We were a little bit harsher since Aubrey was older, but we literally let her cry/scream/yell that we hated her from her room for over four hours..... We interferred at hour one when she started throwing things but still made her stay in there.... The trick for us was to just let her scream/cry it out until she gave up (for three miserable nights). Once she realized we meant business she gave up. Like I said, she was six so we we're a little bit stricter but that's what worked for us.
    I hated it. I would've caved if it hadn't been for Clayton.

  4. So glad to hear from ya! Isabelle is so adorable in that pic!!! Sorry, no advice on the transitioning... maybe hanging out in there with her until she falls asleep? Good Luck!!!

  5. You like bullets, do ya?

    - I'm adviceless for the Isabelle sitch. Maybe not. Just let her cry. She'll get over it...eventually. (Not said heartlessly!)

    - I entered. Hope that means I have a VERY good chance of winning. Everyone...back off. (Kidding!)

    - You KNOW my prayers are with you. :)

    - Looks like a great book!

    - Starbucks everyday? You lucky girl! Reminds me...I heard the spiced pumpkin lattes are available starting today!

    - 75 degrees? Already? I'll be lucky if it's 75 by Christmas.

    - Did I cover everything???

    Sending a hug YOUR way! :)

    Sophisticated Steps

  6. I wish I had some good advice for helping Isabelle sleep in her crib. Baby sleep in general can be a delicate balance. Could you start her in your bed and then move her to her crib? Good luck!

    I usually love summer too, but I am welcoming these (slightly) cooler days! Glad to hear that you and your family are doing well!

  7. Aw I'm sorry the transition with Isabelle is not going well. Unfortunately I have zero words of advice for you other than persevere! She has to learn sometime, she can't sleep with you when she's 10!
    And yay for random number generator!! Woo hoo!

  8. Great to see you back! I hope you get this sleeping worked out...a tired momma is not a happy one! Hopefully you'll keep doing it, and she'll finally get used to it. And iced coffees are awesome...and so are the fraps! YAY for cooler weather!

  9. Isabelle knows what she wants, huh? Faith had a rough transition to the crib, but her seashorse that plays songs helped. Does Isabelle have a special toy or blanket? Faith sleeps with a crocheted blanket and she likes to play with it as she falls asleep.

    You might get stuck with baby feet in your face, but hopefully she'll learn to sleep alone!

  10. I have no good solution for the sleeping prob. As I type my two year old is crying because we have a little habit of being rocked to sleep that we are trying to break.

    It's nice to hear from you agian. Keep the posts coming.

  11. I think there is such a range of how children sleep in the first 5 years (or longer). Good luck with whatever you do for her! You seem to be having a positive outlook throughout some tough stuff- hang in there!

  12. Hey Megan!! Visiting your site after you commented on mine...(thank you!).
    Can I just say, your girls are toooooo cute?! I have two little girls also, and I absolutely love it. So much fun!! :)

    My second daughter, Ava, has been tough with her sleeping patterns. I feel for ya. I wrote a post a while back about some stuff I tried. I pray it gets better for you soon, so that you both can get some good sleep!! Good sleep is PRICELESS when you're a mom!! :)

    Blessings to your family!

  13. I've been going to Starbucks every single day, too!! It's an addiction.

    I'm so glad to hear that y'all are in counseling and seeking the Lord. Praying for healing for y'all!

  14. Welcome back!! I heart Starbucks and am so happy that the pumpkin lattes are back!

  15. I'll keep you in my thoughts, and hope things start going in a more positive direction for you. Good luck and hang in there!

  16. I've read the Search for Significance book multiple times--it's that good:) I even led a mommy group in reading the book. And Starbuck--couldn't live without it! So glad it's Fall and time for Pumpkin Spice Latte's! Visiting from WLW.

  17. I've read the Search for Significance book multiple times--it's that good:) I even led a mommy group in reading the book. And Starbuck--couldn't live without it! So glad it's Fall and time for Pumpkin Spice Latte's! Visiting from WLW.

  18. LOVE your fun pics. and so glad to hear you are doing well. i have been a COMPLETE starbucks junkie lately and my wallet is getting a tiny bit nervous about it...haha!

  19. Oohhh YUM...I LOVE LOVE LOVE iced coffees:) I'm so glad to see you back...I'm just catching up on blogging myself after being MIA for a couple weeks;) I am so sorry to hear about everything going on in your house...I'm sending prayers and lots of hugs your way.

    I hope you guys had a great weekend and Isabelle had a wonderful 1st birthday!

  20. I hope that counseling will be a useful and helpful tool for you! That book sounds really good - I might have to check that out! And I'm sorry about the difficult transition with Isabelle!! I hope she will be able to sleep in her own bed soon!

  21. Oh Megan,
    We struggled and fought with Madelin (still do) about sleeping in her own bed. Come over for coffee sometime (no need to make plans) and we'll talk about it. She is currently in her own bed, sleeping through the night, hardly.

  22. Well, I'm all caught up now. I've missed you and glad to hear things are getting better. I'll say lots of prayers for you my friend!!

  23. Starbucks everyday??? That gets expensive! Lol I have a recipe to make it at home that I'm posting this weekend! :)


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